Big Picture: The Bills' playoff hopes remain on life support, which in these parts means they still have a chance. Buffalo's special teams returned a punt for a touchdown for the second straight week, Drew Bledsoe threw three touchdown passes to Mark Campbell, and the sellout crowd left with a smile. The Bills spent four weeks beating themselves, now they have four wins in six games over the opposition.
Play of the Game: Take your pick. There was Jonathan Smith's 53-yard punt return that set up the go-ahead touchdown, the Nate Clements' 87-yard return for a touchdown and Jason Peters' fumble recovery on the ensuing kickoff. All happened in the first five minutes of the third quarter, when the Bills turned a 17-17 game into a laugher.
Game Balls: Bledsoe played better in the first half Sunday than he had in half the games this season. Smith and Clements gave the Bills momentum. Sam Adams was a beast before his fourth-quarter interception.
Zebra Report: The officials might have missed one in the first half when they credited Torry Holt with an 11-yard TD catch. The zebras ruled Clements forced Holt out of the end zone, when it appeared Holt had no chance of keeping both feet in.
Birth of a Salesman: Willis McGahee could sell ice to Alaskans given his sales pitch on a flea-flicker. McGahee was caught in traffic before flipping the ball to Bledsoe, who found Sam Aiken for a 54-yard bomb.
J.P.: For now, it stands for Just Practicing. Nobody was calling for rookie J.P. Losman on Sunday after watching Bledsoe complete 15 of 24 passes for 185 yards and three scores.
Hello, Old Friends: Former Bills Tom Nutten, Erik Flowers and Bryce Fisher are still in the league? Nutten came out of retirement after injuries plagued the offensive line. Flowers, a first-round pick in 2000, is the third-string defensive end. Apparently, the Rams are waiting for him to develop.
Here You Go, Jimbo: Bledsoe also threw a strike to Jim Kelly while jogging off the field following his first TD to Campbell. Kelly watched from the sidelines with "Happy Gilmore" star Chris McDonald. Bob Barker must have been tailgating.
Hold, Please: The Rams have wasted timeouts all season, and Sunday was no different. They burned all three in the first half with 6:27 remaining, removing their ability to challenge a call. They burned another three minutes into the third quarter.
Coming Attractions: Uh, oh. The Bills travel to Seattle for a game against the Seahawks, starting a stretch of four road games in five weeks. The Bills and Miami entered Sunday as the only teams in the league that were winless on the road.
Counting the House: There were 72,393 customers rocking The Ralph.
GRADING THE BILLS
(B-plus): Bills kept running it and broke gains in second half. Willis had 76 of 100 after intermission. It was a quiet 100.
(B-plus): Drew managed game. He had good run-fakes on Campbell TDs. Pass protection was good. Evans made a nice grab.
(A): Sam Adams played another huge game. Spikes and Fletcher starred. Bills set up camp in Ram backfield.
(A): Baker didn't give up cheap deep gains in debut. Milloy was terror on blitz. Held Rams scoreless in second half.
(A-plus): Bills return game is amazing. Clements & Smith are two-headed monster on punts. Hooray for Bobby April.
(A): Mularkey got team to rebound. Offense rallied after slow start. Defensive scheme contained Ram pass game.
GRADING THE RAMS
(F): Faulk rushed 13 times for 6 yards. It tied the lowest total of his career. Rams didn't abandon run, either.
(D): Three interceptions negated a lot of marching between the 20s. Gave up six sacks. O-line had too many penalties.
(C-minus): Not awful given fact Rams entered game ranked 29th vs. run. Defensive holding call was killer on 1st TD drive.
(C): Safety position was exploited on Campbell TDs. Little couldn't bring enough heat vs. Mike Williams. Had some red zone stops.
(F): Rams entered game in bottom six of league on both return units and both coverage units. Enough said.
(F): Martz has special teams crisis. Rams burn timeouts like crazy. Offense never got pass-run mix in synch.